Patriots' Bill Belichick sidesteps claim Tom Brady had concussion in 2016

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick shed no light Tuesday on the possibility quarterback Tom Brady suffered a concussion last season.

"We file injury reports every week," Belichick said in response to the question as the entire team convened for a mandatory three-day minicamp. "So I’m not sure when the next one’s due, probably sometime in September, but we’ll have one for you then."

Pressed a second time, he added: "We file our reports in compliance with league guidelines."

Belichick later cited the time he's personally spent devoting to improved player safety but underscored he's not a medical expert.

"You know, our medical staff really handles the injury situation with players," he said.

"Players don’t come to me and I don’t treat them for injuries. That’s not really my job. That’s what we have medical staff for."

 Brady's wife, Gisele Bundchen, said on CBS This Morning last month: “I just have to say, as a wife, as you know (the NFL) is not the most, let’s say, unaggressive sport. Football, he had a concussion last year,” she said in the interview. “He has concussions pretty much every … I mean we don’t talk about it. But he has concussions and I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for your body to go through. You know, that kind of aggression all the time, that cannot be healthy for you. I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100 I hope.”

Brady was never listed on the team's injury reports last year with a concussion, data that was also cited by the NFL in its response to Bundchen's claim.

Two days after Bundchen's interview, Brady's agent, Don Yee, also said the quarterback was never diagnosed with a concussion in 2016.

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